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Holding period

Length of time a security is held.

Holding Period

1. In a long position, the period of time during which one owns a security. The holding period is important to calculating an investment's returns and performance. The holding period also applies to taxation on capital gains, as long-term investments are not taxed as heavily as short-term ones.

2. In a short sale, the period of time between the borrowing of securities and the return to their owner. That is, the holding period is the entire time elapsed for all the transactions of a short sale.

holding period

The length of time during which a security is owned.

Holding period.

A holding period is the length of time you keep an investment.

In some cases, a specific holding period is required in order to qualify for some benefit. For example, you must hold US savings bonds for a minimum of five years to collect the full amount of interest that has accrued.

holding period

(1) A time period important in the law of adverse possession,with its own peculiar rules for calculation. See adverse possession for more information. (2) A period of time one owns property, important in tax law for determining tax rates and benefits and for disallowance of some benefits.


• Property exchanged in a 1031 exchange by related parties has a 2-year holding period before it can be sold; otherwise there will be adverse tax consequences.

• Banks have a 21-day holding period before sending taxpayer bank deposits to the IRS pursuant to a garnishment.

• Property sold after a holding period of 1 year or less will result in short-term capital gains or losses.

• Property sold after a holding period of more than 1 year will result in long-term capital gains or losses.

• Property sold after a holding period of more than 5 years will result in super-long-term capital gains or losses.

• Property acquired by inheritance will be treated as if it were held for longer than 1 year.

Holding Period

The period of time property has been owned for income tax purposes. The holding period determines if gain or loss from the sale or exchange of a capital asset is long or short term.
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In view of the above, it is again clarified that answer number 4 of the said FAQ shall only be applicable for determining holding period of an immovable property for which the date of acquisition is evidenced by a deed registered with any authority of the State Government.
The average holding period for these deals has in fact been rising steadily ever since the financial crisis, and reached almost six years on average for deals exited in 2014.
Determining Partner's Holding Period in Partnership Interests Acquired From Property Contributions
The corresponding mix of stocks and bonds is then compared to those in the target retirement funds with the same holding period.
Holding period of a security has also been defined and it has been mentioned that capital gains on sale of securities shall be reckoned from the date of acquisition (whether before, on or after the 30th day of June 2010) to the date of disposal of such security falling after the 30th day of June 2010.
The specific method used affects basis, gains or losses, and holding periods.
This property's purchase contract's one-year holding period began on the date that the contract was signed, not on the date that the property's purchase escrow closes.
In fact, the risks of stocks and bonds have evolved differently as the holding period lengthened: The risks of stocks have tended to decline faster than those of bonds.
Finally, the application of the 45-day holding period should be clarified in respect of low-income housing tax credits (and possibly other tax credits as well) where the credits are generated by assets held by a partnership in which the taxpayer is an investor.
Our results also support the hypothesis that a longer expected holding period reduces the impact of the dividend-paying status.